At SynergEyes we understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with regard to prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and many optometry patients are looking to their doctors for advice regarding what they should do regarding contact lens wear.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) has issued the following advice that will help you ensure you are wearing and caring for your contact lenses properly:
- Wash Your Hands – Whenever you are washing your hands, and especially before you insert or remove your contact lenses, make sure to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, followed by hand drying with unused paper towels. If you do not readily have access to soap and water, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol but let it fully dry before touching your eyes. Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect Your Contact Lenses – Remember to dispose of your daily disposable contacts each evening, or regularly disinfect your 2-week, monthly, 6 month or yearly contacts according to manufacturer’s instructions and the instructions from your doctor.
- Don’t Wear Your Contacts When You’re Sick – If you have flu-like or cold symptoms do not wear your contacts.
- Glasses Are Not Proven Protection from COVID-19 – There is currently no scientific evidence that wearing spectacles or glasses will protect against COVID-19 or other viral transmission.
If you are healthy, you can continue to wear and care for your contact lenses as prescribed by your doctor. We encourage you to reach out to your health care provider with questions.
We are maintaining a landing page with up-to-date information, specifically for SynergEyes contact lens wearers here. Please check back often for updates.
For additional resources, please go to:
- Contact Lenses Today Special Edition